Polish hospice fire kills four

  • 15:17 06 January 2020

Polish hospice fire kills four

Four people died and more than 20 were injured in a fire at a Polish hospice in the early hours of on Monday that could have been caused by a patient smoking a cigarette, officials said, ONA reports citing Reuters.

Three people died at the site of the 3 a.m. fire in the town of Chojnice, while the fourth died on the way to hospital, regional governor Dariusz Drelich said.

“It was initially established that the fire could have been caused by one of the patients who was likely smoking a cigarette,” police spokesman Michal Sienkiewicz said.

Rescue efforts were hampered by the patients’ poor health and limited mobility and by large amounts of smoke, a spokesman for Poland’s State Fire Service said.